ILLINOIS HAS SLOW START AT NCAA NATIONALS

THE EVANS SCHOLARS INVITATIONAL at the Glen Club final Round play tomorrow. Tee times 9-11 Am. Free Admission (R) Illini Alum Nick Hardy recaps his 1st round play. ______________________________________________________________________

Illinois Men’s team Golf Coach Mike Small

Illinois golf coach Mike Small knew he had a young team to assemble this year.

Small led his players to the Big Ten Championship, and advanced them to the NCAA National Championships after a first place finish at the regionals.

However the nationals are a different story, and Illinois is in 27th place, so they are struggling to make the 54 hole cut. Because only the top 15 schools will advance after 54 holes of play. The NCAA Men’s National Golf Championships are being played at the Blessings Golf Club, in Fayetteville Arkansas.

Illinois was 10 shots better in Round 2, than in Round 1. But they fell back three spots on the leaderboard. Oklahoma State at 2 under par, leads second place Stanford by 12 shots. Illinois will have to make up a minimum of 11 shots, to advance to the final round of stroke play.

Michael Feagles leads Illinois with rounds of 76-71 and is +3, for 36 holes on the par 72 golf course.

The Big Ten is lead by Ohio State, that is in a 3-way tie for seventh place. Ohio State and Illinois are the only Big Ten schools that qualfied for the national championships.

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Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.